Diagnosing and treating urinary tract infections in older people

Armstrong, Kirsty (2015) Diagnosing and treating urinary tract infections in older people. British Journal of Community Nursing, 20(5), pp. 226-230. ISSN (print) 1462-4753

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Abstract

Even though diagnosing and treating urinary tract infections (UTIs) in older people can be difficult, it is essential to prevent reduction in the patients' wellbeing. Near-patient testing can be useful, but guidelines on this discuss the use of urine dipstick testing and laboratory culture in some detail. In addition, there are significant differences in the management of males and females, those with recurrent infections, and those with catheters. Community nurses are well placed to assess and manage this common condition, implementing correct treatment and resolution, owing to the close relationships they cultivate with service users. This article discusses the diagnosis and management of UTIs in older people, highlighting the differentials and red flags that need to be addressed urgently.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Health services research
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
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Depositing User: Kirsty Armstrong
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2015 13:58
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2015 07:17
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/31791

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